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Professional Writing- Week 2 Notes

by: Samantha Weller

Professional Writing- Week 2 Notes ENGL 306-01

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Samantha Weller
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Dr. Hollandsworth

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These are some guidelines and pointers from Professional Writing. This week, we went over basic grammar rules, alongside tips to know when writing in the workplace.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Samantha Weller on Friday September 11, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ENGL 306-01 at Radford University taught by Dr. Hollandsworth in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 16 views. For similar materials see Professional Writing in Writing at Radford University.


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Date Created: 09/11/15
Professional Writing Week 2 Notes Complexity Edit When writing in the workplace it is important to use the following tips to simplify your writing in the best way possible 1 Words 0 Use words that are easy to understand i Utilizegt Use Arbitrarygt Useless Transitiongt go 0 Use Verbs instead of Nouns i Thank you for your consideration gt Thank you for considering me 0 Use actions verbs vs linking verbs Grammarmonstercom Action Verbs Linking Verbs Want sitting would like to sit looking to look to be does not express action Examples We gt We can The tests gt The tests failed The engineers gt Initiated work The engineers could 2 Sentences Length No more than 20 words per sentence Style Friendly Simple words Active voice Short and condensed Control use of subclauses Can t stand on their own Using active voice vs passive voice i Active Voice Subject is acting on Sally walked through the d000 ii Passive Voice Subject is being acted upon The door was walked into by Sally Some companies like the passive voice because it sounds more serious but only use it if your boss instructs you to use it 0 Another reason to use passive voice If you don39t want to label the subject or don39t know the subject Ex Someone does something wrong and you don39t want to target them speci cally in an email to all employees You would say The lights were left on by someone which is in the passive voice If you used active you would have to say quotTom left the lights onquot 3 Paragraphs 0 Length No longer than 5 lines in email memo i If you are writing a report or something that requires a longer email up to 10 lines is acceptable ii 1 topic per paragraph iii Transitions last paragraph leads to next paragraph Coordinating Conjunctions And or so But Nor For Yet 7 Parts of Speech Noun A person place or thing Pronoun Something that replaces a noun She I you this Verb What you do an action Jumped stood sitting Adverbs Modify verbs quietly slowly quickly Adjectives Modi es a noun Blue pretty small large Prepositions A word preceding a noun On for after before Conjunctions Connects clauses or sentences Because if so but and Clauses Dependent clause not a complete thought Because he felt like it Independent clause can stand alone The dog jumped Relative clause an adjective clause that describes the noun


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